BC will need super effort to beat South Oldham

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History not on Cougars’ side

By Mike Farner

 CRESTWOOD – History has never won, nor lost, a high school football game.

Still, the Bullitt Central Cougars will have to put forth their best game of the season on Friday to beat history when the maroon and gray goes on the road to take on South Oldham in the second round of the Class 5-A football play-offs.

However, this is where Bullitt Central wants to be as one of the goals for this year’s team was to win a second round play-off game. The Cougars have won numerous first-round games including three in a row, a program record, but the maroon and gray have never won a second round post-season contest.

Over the past four seasons under the present alignment, South Oldham has never lost a game to a district foe. That includes five recent meetings with the Cougars which involves four regular season meetings and also a second-round meeting in 2016.

In terms of history, the game that present Bullitt Central head coach Matt Kuehn cares the most about was the meeting three weeks ago when the Dragons hung a 70-14 decision on the Cougars in Shepherdsville. True, there was a lot less riding on that game than the one this coming Friday.

South Oldham enters Friday’s game with a 10-1 record. The Dragons lost the opening game of the season to Christian Academy and has since won ten straight games.

For most of the season, the Dragons had kept the ball on the ground. Through the first 11 games, the Dragons have passed for only 846 yards. However, 229 of those yards came in the first meeting between the two teams. In that game, quarterback Anthony Pierce completed just six of 11 passes, but five of those completions went to Ethan Bednarczyk for 195 yards and two touchdowns.

Overall, South Oldham has rushed for 3,215 to this point in the season or 292 yards a game.

The player that the Cougars will have to stop is Keaton Martin. The junior has played in each of the first 11 games with 1,269 yards on only 129 carries. Martin has rushed for 17 touchdowns.

For balance, South Oldham has three other running backs this season with over 300 yards including J.T Benson (509), Colton Bowlden (370) and Tae Winfield (337).

The good news for the Cougars is that after the victory over Southern last week, Kuehn thought that his team would be at full strength for the South Oldham game with the obvious exception of Daylin Huff who has not played since week three.

Game time in Crestwood on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m.